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Historic Mifflin County Courthouse, Mifflin County Historic Society

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1842–1843, Holman and Simon; 1878, Daniel Ziegler. 1 W. Monument Sq.

Although no longer serving its original function, this third Mifflin County courthouse marks the westward flow of Greek Revival style as the emblem of civic order. The two-and-one-half-story brick temple faces Monument Square with a pedimented portico of four Ionic columns and two pilasters. The first-story rectangular windows have keystone lintels and paneled shutters, while beneath the dentiled box cornice the second-story elongated arched windows have hood moldings. Originally a three-by-five-bay building, it was lengthened to eight bays by Ziegler in 1878. At that time he drew up plans for the massive clock tower surmounted by a hexagonal cupola with a silvered dome. The pedimented recessed entrance with Ionic pilasters echoes the portico. Double paneled doors beneath a transom window open into the central hall, where two curved staircases lead to the second-floor courtroom. Across the square stands the present courthouse, a modern Classical Revival design of 1978 by Jon Spalding.

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Author: 
George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "Historic Mifflin County Courthouse, Mifflin County Historic Society", [Lewistown, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-MI1.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 433-433.

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